For the low price of $180, a woman was convinced that she got a spectacular deal for an iPad in a McDonald’s parking lot. However, the bargain turned sour when it turned out what she had actually bought was a block of painted wood with an Apple logo on it.
For Ashley McDowell, it was a case of money not well spent. Even though an iPad normally costs $499, spending $180 on a small piece of wood with a painted Apple logo on it is probably not anyone’s idea of a good bargain.
McDowell reported the scam to the Spartanburg County Sherriff’s office in South Carolina.
According to the Daily Mail, she told police she was approached by two men on Monday night who offered to sell her a cheap iPad.
The two men claimed that they bought computers in bulk and offered her a cheap for a massively cut rate.
They initially offered it to her for $300, but then quickly dropped their price when McDowell confessed to only having $180 on her person.
However, as many will tell you, when a deal seems too good to be true, that’s probably because it is.
Later on that day she tore open the package and realized she had been tricked into spending money on a block of painted wood.
The scammers did attempt to make the piece of wood resemble an iPad, as they painted on a fake screen and framed it with black tape.
They even pasted icons on the screen for a web browser along with an email inbox and iPhoto.
They also provided her with a phony Best Buy receipt which was in the box.
Soon after the deal was brokered, the men sped off in a Chevy Impala.
The police have reported that they are not close to an arrest.